RIF: Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island

Rhode Island Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 2, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Behavioral, Biomedical

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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The Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island supports place-based collaborations that address health disparities and improve population health in Rhode Island communities. 


The Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island (FHRI) was created in February 2008 when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island contributed $20 million to create a permanent endowment at the Rhode Island Foundation to support “projects designed to have the greatest impact on the provision of quality and affordable healthcare services in Rhode Island.” 

With input from key stakeholders, primary care was the selected focus for the 2009, 2012, and 2015 grant cycles given its importance and relevance to the health of all Rhode Islanders. Increasing primary care access, utilization, and quality continues to be an important goal of the Foundation’s health grantmaking, and Rhode Island has made steady progress in the past decade.

In addition to quality primary care, we know that factors outside of the clinical setting must be addressed to achieve optimal health outcomes and reduce or eliminate health disparities between groups. Roughly 75-90% of an individual’s health status is influenced by social and environmental factors – the context in which Rhode Islanders live, work, play, and go to school. These factors are recognized as social determinants of health. Achieving and maintaining good health is more likely when people are part of communities that promote health and healthy choices. Creating healthier and more equitable places requires meaningful, sustained collaboration.

2018 Priorities

For 2018, we will welcome proposals to improve the health of communities with high rates of illness, chronic disease, or other adverse health outcomes. We will seek place-based initiatives that bring together clinical organizations, community-based agencies, and community members to implement a shared vision and action plan to address social determinants of health and improve the health of their community.

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  • Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations located or delivering services in the state of Rhode Island are eligible to apply.
  • Grants may support faith-based organizations for secular programs or projects.
  • Research as part of a program evaluation is permitted, however, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or exemption must be obtained where human subjects are involved.


  • The FHRI does not fund individuals, scholarships or research, capital or endowment efforts, or fundraising events.
  • The Rhode Island Foundation believes that our community can best be served by charitable organizations that both reflect and serve the diversity of our community.
    • We do not award grants to applicants or for programs that have a policy that discriminates against any person or group in any way that is either unlawful or inconsistent with the mission or values of the Foundation.

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